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Takara-Tomy Announces their next Masterpiece - Movie Starscream!

Posted on 07-01-2010 at 05:11 AM by Sol Fury under Transformers Masterpiece
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Fans sometimes throw around the term "Masterpiece" quite freely - especially when it comes to the excellent level of engineering in the Leader Class Revenge of the Fallen toys. Takara-Tomy seems to feel the same way, because their next Masterpiece toy is none other than a Japanese release of Leader Class Movie Starscream! Packaged in a box reminiscent of Takara-Tomy's other Masterpiece offerings, MP-M01 Starscream features a cleaner, non-tatooed look for Starscream compared to the version recently released at US retail - in the one promotional picture of the robot itself, at least. The box photography still features the tatooed Starscream we're getting in the west, so who knows what the final product will be?

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miscreant
I hope that toy picture isn't the final product.

As tiny as the picture is, it seems to have LESS detailing in terms of tattoos than the Hasbro version.
Waverider
How do you know that it's going to be a leader class repackaged?
Gen. Hospital
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Originally Posted by guard convoy View Post
yep, so this is how takaratomy is going to release the movie leader class starscream mold over in japan:
MP-M01 Masterpiece - TF the Movie Edition - Starscream
Wow. Just wow.
panzerjedi
100% markup! That's crazy talk, that is. Better be an awesome paint job.
Waverider
According to TFSource Twitter and Facebook post.

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First up in the new Masterpiece Transformers the Movie line, is Masterpiece Movie Starscream! Including a very high level of detail only the Masterpiece line delivers on, this piece will be a great addition to any Masterpiece or Starscream collection.
guard convoy
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Originally Posted by Waverider View Post
How do you know that it's going to be a leader class repackaged?
it looks just like the leader class and if you look at the box art that IS the leaderclass, the text makes it seem like a new mold, but images say otherwise, but i would gladly welcome a new mold, cause that would be cool
SharkyMcShark
Would have to be an awesome paintjob to make me consider investing.
guard convoy
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Originally Posted by Waverider View Post
According to TFSource Twitter and Facebook post.
well TFSource just replied to me on fb with this:
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It looks like a repainted/recolored version of Leader Class Starscream... but no other information was provided. Just what is shown, so more info is to come.
safe to say for now we can say it is just a repainted version of Leader Class Starscream
stevej
Pointless direction in which to take the Masterpiece line. Utterly pointless.
Digilaut
I'll consider it if it has a great paintjob..although I'd like it if they'd remove the tattoos - from the figure it looks like he hasn't got them, but on the box he has them.

Double price seems a bit much though, so unless it's really stellar, I'll probably pick up the regular one.
Nyarlahotep
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Originally Posted by stevej View Post
Pointless direction in which to take the Masterpiece line. Utterly pointless.
Seriously disappointing.
Digilaut
Does it really matter what's it called though? What matters is that it's pretty much a Premium repaint.
Waverider
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Originally Posted by guard convoy View Post
well TFSource just replied to me on fb with this:


safe to say for now we can say it is just a repainted version of Leader Class Starscream
I saw your question. It would suck if it is a repaint with MP packaging. I see it as lazy marketing if it is a repaint.
Fit For natalie
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Originally Posted by stevej View Post
Pointless direction in which to take the Masterpiece line. Utterly pointless.
Well, considering ROTF Leader Optimus Prime is largely considered to practically be a Masterpiece design sold at the mass market mainline price point, and considering Leader Starscream has a very, very nice robot mode*, I don't think it's too far fetched to potentially consider them to be MPs.

Just REALLY unexpected, though.

*Like MP Convoy, Leader Starscream was designed to be robot-centric, so his vehicle mode suffers in comparison.
miscreant
'Wahhhh no movie toy can ever be called a Masterpiece!!!'


It's been argued by some that Leader Prime and Starscream are pushing an MP level of engineering.... the difference however is that they're intended to be more widely available toys, and the lower price point may perhaps be explained by greater economies of scale.

My first instinct is that this smacks of cynicism on the part of Takara. I'm extremely sceptical about any new parts being included, and i have doubts about how much of an improvement the paintwork will be.
JacobPGalvatron
Oh, that's funny.
stevej
On the bright side it doesn't look like this mentions 2010 so this isn't one of the 2 new or re-release MPs from that campaign.
Doug
I'm thinking about preordering one myself. But it is the price that is making me to think.
F18Starscream
Not impressed at the least I'll think I will pass on this one. Bring on either Rodimus or my favorite Cyclonus (wishing but not expecting it)
X-Arachnis
uhhh.. huh. right. looks like I`ll import the Hasbro version. SERIOUSLY cheaper for my wallet...
Superquad7
Well, I guess those of us who discussed that the new Starscream is as close to a Masterpiece movie version were right

Thank you TRU and Hasbro. Thank you
mordecai6
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Well, I guess those of us who discussed that the new Starscream is as close to a Masterpiece movie version were right

Thank you TRU and Hasbro. Thank you
Ditto for Leader Prime, we got Masterpiece engineering at half the price.
Superquad7
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Ditto for Leader Prime, we got Masterpiece engineering at half the price.
Yep yep! I just wished the Hasbro version had chrome or silver paint on the gray plastic . . . .
Fit For natalie
Remember how TakaraTomy charged extra for Buster Optimus Prime over the regular version? I figure this is the same deal, especially if they're too full up with product lines to do the HFTD/Hasbro TF 2010 line.
Red leader
thats just silly, we def wont be stocking it I hope this is not a sign of things to come
RHALX
And how to sell a repaint for 100 bucks.

And there's still the gold paint issue. If it happens the figures break after a few months, it's FAR from being a masterpiece figure in terms of quality.
RobotoChan
Easy pass for me. Hate the movie character asthetic so this 'masterpiece' will not be finding a home in my collection.
Roanstalker
Wonder if they'll add any diecast parts...?
Gligamesh51
Ha! Really!?
Fit For natalie
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Originally Posted by RHALX View Post
And how to sell a repaint for 100 bucks.

And there's still the gold paint issue. If it happens the figures break after a few months, it's FAR from being a masterpiece figure in terms of quality.
You mean gold plastic syndrome? Did anybody with a Leader Class Starscream report problems? I think Haskara stopped using GPS-prone plastics.
Fort Max
Well that was unexpected, this has nothing to do with the 2010 campaign though so I'm not fussed.

Leader Starscream is the first leader of the HftD line, they'll be plenty of stock, no one needs to even consider buying this one.
MekaGojira3k
Good god.
jksit1
Just show us F***ing pics of masterpiece Rodimus now Takara Tomy...It's getting boring now! I couldn't care less about this masterpiece.
asphalt
Am I the only person who really cant stand the movie starscream. Legends, deluxe, leader, who cares? I thought the point of the masterpiece line was to take the LOOK and style of the original franchise and recreate them using updated technology. This seems like money grubbing to me and a degradation of the masterpiece line.
Draven
Twatty and pointless repackage is twatty and pointless. Fail, Takara. Fail.
scubaboy31
Why is everyone so bothered by this? it's essentially the japanese release for leader starscream. We get HFTD and they've put it under masterpiece. so what? If they were releasing this in addition to HFTD it'd be silly.

The japanese toylines are NOT a supplement to the US ones. People should stop acting like their owed something.
baggzey23
how can takara take this joke seriously

we say masterpiece because starscream is more or less a masterpiece in transformation and looks but takara have took it the wrong way
Draven
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Originally Posted by scubaboy31 View Post
Why is everyone so bothered by this? it's essentially the japanese release for leader starscream. We get HFTD and they've put it under masterpiece. so what? If they were releasing this in addition to HFTD it'd be silly.
The japanese toylines are NOT a supplement to the US ones. People should stop acting like their owed something.
And now people who are colecting the Masterpiece line and are trying to get them all have to buy a figure that was never intended FOR the line. it's a dangerous development for such collectors.
tf_4_lyf
I think its a really nice concept to make masterpiece toys of characters outside the G1 universe once in a while BUT this definitely isn't the way to do it.
pcosentino
This is just a waste of a slot in the materpiece line. I have always hated the look of the movie version of starscream myself and now to waste a slot in the masterpiece line for it? I dont own the leader class version is there any metal on it? If so then how is the masterpiece really going to be different besides paint. At least if the MP version was diecast metal I could somewhat see the draw for people to pick this up. I REALLY hope this doesnt take up one of the last 2 slots of the Takara campaign they have going on if so then I will be pissed.... Im hoping for a MP Hot Rod, Soundwave or maybe even a Galvatron. This is an utter waste to me and EASY pass for the price! If they wanted to go a new direction then make MP version of the War For Cybertron figures!!!! NOW THAT WOULD BE A WIN!!!!
Gaokaiser
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Originally Posted by scubaboy31 View Post
Why is everyone so bothered by this? it's essentially the japanese release for leader starscream. We get HFTD and they've put it under masterpiece. so what? If they were releasing this in addition to HFTD it'd be silly.

The japanese toylines are NOT a supplement to the US ones. People should stop acting like their owed something.
That's right.
Fort Max
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Originally Posted by Draven View Post
And now people who are colecting the Masterpiece line and are trying to get them all have to buy a figure that was never intended FOR the line. it's a dangerous development for such collectors.
It's MP-M01

It isn't going to interfere with anyone's numbering.
rob_charb
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Originally Posted by Fit For natalie View Post
You mean gold plastic syndrome? Did anybody with a Leader Class Starscream report problems? I think Haskara stopped using GPS-prone plastics.
There have been rumours, at least so I've heard, of the first movie's protoform Starscream suffering from the GPS. Last I saw mine, it was okay, but like I said, I've heard rumours of it happening.

It would be most infuriating though to shell out the money for a Leader-class figure only to have it fall apart in your hands within a year, so I can see how there would be worry over the new HtfD figures with the gold plastic eventually succumbing to the GPS.

Anyway, moot point for me as I'm not collecting new Movie-verse toys.
Xaedrahk
Meh, go ahead and release it. I'll just be back here waiting for Shockwave, Rodimus, and maybe an MP Magnus trailer/armor that looks good.
Trailbreaker77
I won't be picking this up, still waiting for Takara to reveal Rodimus.
pcosentino
In my opinion the MP line has always been reserved for the greatest characters/figures in the history of Transformers. How does ROTF Starscream qualify as that? HE DOESNT. To me you could release the ENTIRE G1 series of figures/characters and I would grab them ALL. Could you imagine all the Dinobots as MP's? So many others you could do Jazz, Wheeljack JETFIRE. This is a WASTE!
Soundscream
Soooo when can we pre-order MP Soundwave?

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